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Neurodiversity – should acousticians be paying attention to this topic?

  There is ever increasing acknowledgement of the need for diversity of thought within all spheres of society. When it comes to the workplace, understanding more about this topic and how people on the edges of the spectrum can be better supported within workplaces, will contribute to evolving organisations into more inclusive environments. “Neurodiversity” refers […]

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Silent Leadership Challenge 2014 in New Zealand

The Silent Leadership Challenge is a hearing loss challenge for corporate and community leaders to raise awareness and funds for the vital work of The National Foundation for the Deaf in New Zealand. One in six New Zealanders have some type of hearing loss. It robs them of the full ability to hear, which is […]

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Elderly care acoustics makes the news in NL

Jikke was on the news here is the link. (Skip forward and watch the acoustic relevant film from 21.37 mins) The interview is in Dutch but below is a summary of the interview: ON the 22nd of April a news item about the importance of acoustics in elderly care was broadcasted on Dutch national television. […]

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ECO for Sustainable Design – new Educational Environments online edition now available

The latest “ECO for Sustainable Design” is now available online and has an end-user perspective which is often missing when we look at the design process. The magazine is full of good examples about how to solve acoustic challenges in educational environments, as well as testimonials from teachers and those involved in creating and maintaining […]

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Grace Academy, Darlaston – thermal mass meets sustainable acoustics

Grace Academy, Darlaston, recently completed by main contractor Kier, was recognised recently for achieving excellent acoustic standards, by a group of high profile architects from across England. The architects visited the Academy to celebrate the successful use of sustainable acoustics within a thermally activated concrete design, which complies with, and in some areas exceeds, BB93, the acoustic […]

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Want to get the best sonic quality at outdoor concerts? Here’s some advice.

Ceilings and walls are important as to how we hear sound and music. They absorb, reflect or diffuse sound waves. The challenge is managing these reflections, because they indeed influence the sound being heard. Outdoor venues naturally have little reverberance. Some outdoor concert environments have better sound than others. Here is some relevant advice from […]

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Maternity birthing pool considers acoustics to create a calming environment

 A midwifery-led birth centre that opened in 2010 at City Hospital in Birmingham has won The National Royal College of Midwives Award for “your Birth in our home”. It was judged by the President of the RCM and committee of judges. The award was presented by Natasha Kaplinski at The Brewery, London.  The Serenity Midwifery […]

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A literary smorgasbord on sound and noise

A selection of books on sound and noise. Here are some examples of books that have been published over the last years on noise and sound.  Noise action week provides you with a literary smorgasbord! http://www.noiseactionweek.org.uk/five-noise-books-quiet-bank-holiday-read Why Noise Matters – John Stewart et al, 2011 Discord – Dr Mike Goldsmith, 2012 The Great Animal Orchestra […]

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New world record for a reverberant space!

Photo: Allan Kilpatrick (RCAHMS) Trevor Cox, Professor of Acoustic Engineering at Salford University in the UK, recently visited and enormous former oil storage tank in Ross Shire in the Highlands of Scotland, where he recorded an incredible broadband reverberation time of 75 seconds across all the frequencies. It was 30 seconds at mid frequencies and […]

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Key International Acoustic Conferences in 2014

Here are some of the most significant International acoustic conferences coming up in 2014…. If you are hoping to present, abstracts need to be in soon for ICBEN & BNAM! ICBEN 2014, the 11th International Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem, will be held in Nara, Japan from 1-5th June. The Congress is […]

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